By: Jake Carver ’21
Since her 2014 debut, Anna Catharine Feaster ‘18 has been a star on the Davidson women’s tennis team. The senior is currently leading the ‘Cats through their strongest season since her first year, and they are in prime position to make a deep run in the Atlantic-10 Championship.
Feaster has been named to an impressive three consecutive A-10 All-Conference Teams, and is seeking to capture her fourth this year. The Political Science major has also been named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and multiple A-10 Player of the Week awards.
One of the few awards that eludes Feaster is an A-10 Championship. Despite that, she maintains that both herself and the women’s tennis team as a whole believe in taking things one step at a time. “We try not to focus on the outcome or on winning.We just try to improve our character and skills everyday to build up the program,” commented Feaster. “That being said, one of our main goals is to win the conference, and this is probably our best chance to do so since I’ve been here.”
The ‘Cats have constantly been on the championship bubble during Feaster’s time at Davidson. As in years past, their main obstacle to victory is VCU, who usually comes out on top at the A-10 championships. That isn’t to say that Feaster hasn’t put in her share of work pulling off the upset; since her first year, she has consistently been one of the top two singles performers in the conference and her doubles teams have been just as deadly.
However, Feaster is still critical of both her past and present performances. “Maybe I’m a little hard on myself… this season I feel like I’m doing all the right things; it’s just that I’ve given up some close games and the outcome isn’t always what I want,” she said.
Despite her frustration, Feaster has still managed to put together an impressive résumé for this season. She and her doubles partner Megan Scholvinck ‘19 remain undefeated through six matches, and Feaster was able to pull off singles and doubles wins against in-conference UMass a few weeks ago. The Minutewomen won the A-10 Championship last year, so Feaster’s game appears to have gotten better and better as the season has progressed.
She is also comforted by the quality of her team this year. “I feel less pressured because we have such a strong group this year, especially the underclassmen, who have stepped up big time. Even when I’m not doing as well as I want, it’s cool to see the team come together when I need them.”
Feaster’s perfectionism is an integral part of her individual personality and team’s success. Her maintained level of success in the A-10 is unparalleled and a constant source of inspiration for her teammates. Lindsay Song ‘21 claims that “she’s tough… and that’s a constant reminder for us to work hard and that games are an opportunity to represent our school.”
As a senior, she also has played a role in preparing a talented crop of young talent for championship season. The first thing her teammates praise about her is her openness and accessibility. Song remembers that “[Feaster] was one of the first people to reach out to me at Davidson… our friendship is a big part of what helps me stay grounded and play my best. She goes out of her way to connect with everyone on the team.”
“I honestly think everyone on our team is capable of playing on a championship level” says Feaster. “I just try to be there for them and work with them to make sure they get there.”
While the A-10 Championships inch closer and closer, the ‘Cats are preparing to make the most of their matches. After two in-state matches, they will face conference opponents George Washington and George Mason. George Washington in particular has been performing at a high level as of recent, and the match should give the ‘Cats a good taste of what they will have to overcome in the championship tournament.
“The George Washington match should give us a good indication of where we are and what we need to do for conference,” says Feaster. “We just have to go in trying our best and not worrying about the outcome.”
Time is flying by quickly for Feaster. As she nears the end of her Davidson tennis career and her last chance for the A-10 championship, she feels more pressure than ever before to be a game changer on the court and in the locker room. More than anything, she feels grateful for everyone who has supported her through all of her years with the tennis program. “The student-athlete experience has been amazing for me, and I wouldn’t have had the same time in college without it,” says Feaster. “I’ve grown so much with my teammates. I learned about discipline, work ethic, and how to be a team player… those things have been invaluable to me.”
Be sure to watch Anna Catharine Feaster ‘19 and the rest of the team as they return back to Knobloch Tennis Center on April 11th for their final home match against UNC Greensboro after their road matchup against UNC Charlotte on April 7th as they make their final preparations before the post-season.